Abu Simbel | Egypt
FROM: CAD $4,156 pp

PREMIUM PRIVATE TOUR: Discover the amazing highlights of Egypt, from the Pyramids and pharaohs to ancient architecture and antiquity. Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the River Nile, explore awe-inspiring Abu Simbel Temple, the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and exquisite tombs at the Valley of the Kings. There's no better way to end your Egyptian adventure than relaxing by the famous Red Sea resort town of Hurghada.

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Trip Highlights

Cairo - Marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza and explore the Necropolis of Saqqara
Abu Simbel - Visit this awe-inspiring temple, one of the most impressive in all of Egypt
Nile cruising - Cruise from Aswan to Luxor, spending 3 nights on board a 5 star Nile cruiser
Luxor West Bank - Discover exquisite tombs at the Valley of the Kings, see the towering Colossi of Memnon and explore the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Cairo - Discover the Citadel, Mohamed Ali Mosque, Khan el Khalili Bazaar and the Egyptian Museum
Aswan - Take a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to explore romantic Philae Temple
Kom Ombo - Visit the unique double Temple of Kom Ombo located on the banks of the Nile
Red Sea - Swim, snorkel, dive or simply soak up the sun!

Included

Breakfast daily and all meals aboard Nile Cruiser
Qualified Egyptologist guide at all sites of antiquity
Entrance fees for all included sightseeing
Economy class flight from Cairo to Aswan, Aswan to Abu Simbel, Abu Simbel to Aswan and Hurghada to Cairo
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
9 nights DELUXE hotels and 3 nights DELUXE Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin). SUPERIOR hotel options are also available upon request. Accommodation rating – See Trip Notes for details
Touring - Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan and Luxor
Free time, rest and relaxation at the coastal Red Sea resort town of Hurghada
An airport arrival transfer on day 1 and a departure transfer on day 13

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping - An entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to ancient Egypt

Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! Arrival Cairo and included transfer to your hotel. The remainder of today is at your leisure to relax and enjoy your hotel facilities, or explore Cairo your way. Consider heading out for dinner at one of the restaurants offering views over the Nile River and city, or head to the sound and light show at the pyramids this evening.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Breathtaking Pyramids & Saqqara

This morning we visit the only remaining ancient wonder of the world, the impressive Pyramids at the Giza Plateau. Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks, it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. The other two - Chephren and Mycerinus are equally breathtaking, and all three Pyramids are truly a sight that can only be fully appreciated in person. Our tour continues to Memphis, where get to see the colossal statue of Ramses II. Afterward, we’ll tour the tomb-strewn necropolis of Saqqara, featuring King Zhoser’s step pyramid. Constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC and the template for all future pyramid construction.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Egyptian Museum & Islamic Cairo

Today we visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum, which houses a giant exhibition containing the treasures of King Tutankhamun. Many pieces on show are being displayed for the first time and artefacts have been brought together from across Egypt and the world to this one location. The museum also makes use of new technology including virtual reality. Note: the Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open in 2020, though an official date has yet to be released. If travelling prior to the opening of the new facility we'll visit the Egyptian Museum this morning instead.

This afternoon, we'll head to the world famous Khan El Khalili Bazaar, with trinkets and delights to be found amongst the many shops and stalls located here. We'll then continue to The Citadel. This monumental Islamic-era fortification, in the heart of Cairo, was once the seat of government from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Here, we'll visit the beautiful Mosque of Muhammed Ali built in the 1830's, this impressive structure is made from alabaster stone and is a smaller version of the Blue Mosque found in Istanbul.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Philae Temple & the High Dam

Cairo - Aswan. After breakfast, take a short flight south to Aswan and transfer to our hotel. This afternoon we visit Philae Temple and Aswan High Dam. Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, was rescued in an enormous UNESCO effort in the 1970s. Due to high water levels in the reservoir created by the Old Aswan Dam and further aquatic drama due to the creation of the mighty High Dam, Philae Temple was relocated stone by stone to higher ground on nearby Agilika Island.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Awe-inspiring Abu Simbel

Aswan - Abu Simbel - Aswan. It's an early start today as we board a short flight down south to explore the temples of Abu Simbel, created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple (built between 1290 and 1224 BC) hewn into the side of a mountain are four famous colossal statues of the pharaoh himself. In a fit of architectural wisdom, Ramses II had the entire temple carefully angled and oriented in order that the sun’s rays would align twice a year on his date of ascension to the throne (in February) and on his birthday (in October) and illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. The other rock cut temple at Abu Simbel is the Temple of Hathor, which is fronted by six massive standing statues. Four of them represent King Ramses II, the other two are of his beloved wife - Queen Nefertari. Famously, both temples were re-located in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser.

Returning to Aswan, you have free time to perhaps do some shopping in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax in this attractive town which straddles the River Nile. This afternoon we board our luxury Nile cruiser for our three night journey up the River Nile.
Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 6-7

Nile Cruising & R&R

Spend the next two days relaxing aboard our luxury Nile cruiser, taking in the riverside village views from the top deck and exploring some of the exciting historical sites located along this stretch of the Nile. On day 6 we'll moor up at the riverside and enjoy a visit to the waterside Temple of Kom Ombo. Consisting of two temples, one dedicated to the Crocodile-headed god Sobek and the other dedicated to the falcon god Horus. On Day 7, we will reach the west bank of Luxor and explore the best of Ancient Thebes - the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.
Overnight: Nile Cruiser  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 8

Karnak & Luxor Temple's

After a leisurely breakfast we'll disembark our cruiser this morning to visit Karnak Temple. Karnak is a spectacular myriad of sanctuaries, pylons, chapels, halls and obelisks, all dedicated to the Theban gods and to the greater glory of Egypt’s Middle and New Kingdom rulers. Later, we'll visit Luxor Temple, dedicated to Amun, construction work on the temple began during the reign of Amenhotep III in the 14th century BC.

This afternoon we'll travel by car to the stunning Red Sea resort of Hurghada.
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast

Days 9-11

Relax & soak up some sun!

Time for R&R! Though there is plenty to do in and around Hurghada. Consider sail boarding, yachting, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling or simply soak up the sun poolside. Hurghada’s central location provides a gateway to prime offshore reefs, which are some of the finest in the world. Hurghada also has a lively nightlife scene and excellent shopping.
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast x 3

Day 12

Return to Cairo

Hurghada - Cairo. This morning we fly back to Cairo. The afternoon allows free time to relax by the pool or consider some last minute souvenir shopping at Khan el Khalili Bazaar.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Cairo

Today marks the end of our incredible journey through Egypt. A transfer will be provided to take you to airport to meet your onward flight. Should you wish to book another night or more to further explore more of the city, please enquire.

For information about visas, top travel tips and much more, take a look through our travel guide.
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Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The single supplement price needs to be added to the per person price where single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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CAD $4156
CAD $753
CAD $4232
CAD $820
CAD $5160
CAD $1028
CAD $4232
CAD $820
CAD $4156
CAD $753
CAD $4232
CAD $820
CAD $5160
CAD $1028

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Sonesta Hotel Cairo, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Sonesta Hotel & Casino is a sophisticated and luxurious hotel offering spacious, en-suit rooms with opulent furnishings. Enjoy a cocktail at the poolside bar or indulge in a relaxing massage or Turkish steam bath at the full-service spa. With 5 restaurants located within the hotel you'll be spoilt for choice over dining options.

Movenpick Hotel, Aswan, Aswan

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Situated on Elephantine Island, the Movenpick is a luxurious hotel with stunning views of the Nile River. There is a range of spacious and luxurious rooms with stylish furnishings, private balconies or terraces and a great selection of amenities including WiFi, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The Movenpick offers three restaurants as well as the Lounge Bar and Panorama Bar. Guests can also make use of the outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts.

Deluxe Cruise, Nile Cruising

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 star cruise boat

Deluxe Nile cruise boats are elegant, luxurious boats with spacious cabins and an excellent range of facilities. You'll have the opportunity to relax as your cruise boat meanders along this famous river. Enjoy delicious dining experiences coupled with incredible views of the villages and vistas that dot the river bank.

Marriott Beach Resort, Hurghada

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

The Marriott Beach Resort is a luxurious beachfront hotel, with every room enjoying a view of the Red Sea and Hurghada city centre just a few minutes drive away. There is a choice of 8 restaurants and bars for hungry travellers, and a health club, tennis & squash courts, and fitness centre to stay in shape. During the day, soak in the heated outdoor pool or book a watersport activity. The hotel even has its own private island if you fancy a massage among the palm trees.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Wednesday or Saturdays
Hotel Rating
Our rating: Deluxe
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 3
Visiting
Countries
Click to play videoThe city of Cairo at the end of a dusty path in front of the setting sun
Click to play videoStone carvings in the side of the mountain at Abu Simbel
Cruise ship on the River Nile
Cruise ship on the River Nile
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